Preliminary Teaching Credential

The School of Education offers both Multiple Subject (elementary) and Single Subject (secondary) Teacher Credential Programs in Redlands, Riverside, South Coast Metro, Rancho Cucamonga, and Temecula. The programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). The teacher credential programs are designed for individuals who have earned their Baccalaureate degrees.

An innovative program preparing students to teach in an elementary or secondary school setting in only 10 months. Features student teaching, internships, and the use of theory to inform educationally just practices and create confident and competent teachers.

Preliminary Teaching Credential

Program Overview

The School of Education's innovative teacher preparation programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Credential courses are offered in the evenings, with access for individuals of different backgrounds. Program takes 10 months to complete--students take 1 course, twice a week, for 5 weeks.

The student-teaching requirement is a 14-week, full-time (5 days a week) commitment. Student Teaching consists of an approved public school placement.

Students are supervised by both a master teacher at the school site and University of Redlands’ supervisor.

The School of Education also offers an 18-week, supervised internship program to qualified candidates employed in the traditional public school settings. A separate, mid-program, qualifying application process is required for internship.


Redlands (University Campus)

Single subject courses meet T/Th
Multiple subject courses meet T/Th

Regional Campuses 

Rancho Cucamonga

All courses meet T/Th


All courses meet T/Th

South Coast Metro

All courses meet T/Th


All courses meet T/Th

Coursework & Pathways

The coursework and the field experience segments of the Preliminary Teacher Credential are delivered in a prescribed sequence.

An educational foundation course is followed by four methods-related courses. These methods courses are accompanied by two early field experiences in the public school system and the first two task-segments of the Teaching Performance Assessment (TPA)*, a state-mandated interactive examination that must be passed prior to recommendation for a credential.

When candidates demonstrate the required program competencies including all prerequisites, content and pedagogy coursework with a 3.0 or higher grade point average, and successful completion of the first two TPA tasks, they may begin their student teaching placements and the culminating seminar course. Throughout this portion of the program's sequence, the final two task-segments of the TPA are completed and evaluated.

The use of educational technology is incorporated in all courses, field experiences and TPA segments, as are the theory and skills needed to effectively teach English Learners and diverse student populations enrolled in today's classroom. 

Students that will begin their program after Spring 2018 will use the following pathways:

PTC Multiple Subject Pathway,  after Spring 2018

PTC Single Subject Pathway, after Spring 2018

 Students that began their program before Spring 2018 will use the following pathways:

PTC Multiple Subject Pathway 

PTC Single Subject Pathway